Visit Rio de Janeiro and delight in its beach culture and samba rhythms. See the mighty waterfalls at Iguassu, before travelling to the home of Carnival, the Afro-Brazilian city of Salvador Bahia. Travel to Ouro Preto, a baroque masterpiece and often overlooked by the international visitor and end your trip in the Amazon Jungle with three nights at a lodge.
Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro
On arrival into Rio de Janeiro you will be met and transferred with your private English speaking guide from the airport to the hotel category of your choice. En route, the guide will supply you with an introductory briefing on Rio de Janeiro and your hotel.
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro
This morning your tour takes you to the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain, an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of a concentrated, refined sugar loaf. The journey to the top is made by cable-car.
The first cable-car takes you to the top of Urca Hill, some 215 metres above sea level. From Urca Hill, continue in a second cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 395 metres above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana beaches, Corcovado (the Statue of Christ) and downtown Rio. Before returning to the hotel, enjoy a panoramic tour of the downtown area for a glance at some of the most well kept secrets of Old Rio including the Municipal Theatre and the Cathedral.
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro
One cannot visit Rio without taking in the Statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado. Your tour will take you to visit this statue which perches some 700 metres above the city. Ride to the top by cog railway and admire the view
The afternoon and evening will be at leisure.
Day 4: Rio de Janeiro > Iguassu Falls
Enjoy this morning at leisure. In the afternoon transfer to the airport and take the 90 minute flight to the amazing Iguassu Falls. On arrival transfer with your English speaking guide from the airport to the hotel standard of your choice.
The evening is at leisure.
Day 5: Iguassu Falls
This morning enjoy a visit to the Argentinean side of the falls. Cross the frontier at the Tancredo Neves Bridge and enter Argentina - heading towards the Iguazu National Park on the Argentinean side. Here a small train takes you on a tour through the park, making two stops. Follow the pathways to the top of the waterfalls that provide spectacularly unique views of the cataracts, amidst the abundant nature filled with orchids, colorful birds and other wildlife. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the suspended platform at the very brink of the Garganta de Diablo waterfall - the famous 'Devil's Throat'.
Return to your hotel on the Brazilian side for overnight.
Day 6: Iguassu Falls > Salvador
This morning you will be taken on a visit to the Brazilian side of the falls. The trip begins at the Iguassu National Park Headquarters before you drive through the lush subtropical vegetation of the park en route to the falls. Take a stroll on the trail that descends down the canyon, to offer panoramic views of more than 240 falls and spectacular views of the panorama of the falls on the Argentine side, across the river. The Iguassu National Park along with its "sister" park in Argentina form the most significant remaining temperate rainforest in the southern region of South America which along with the waterfalls, have been declared a Heritage Site by UNESCO. The tour ends with a visit to the artisans fair and from there you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Salvador. On arrival transfer with your English speaking guide from the airport to the hotel standard of your choice.
Day 7: Salvador Bahia
Salvador is the 3rd largest city in Brazil and was the main centre for the arriving black slaves brought by the Portuguese from Africa. Today, some 85% of the population of the city descend from these slaves. Indeed, the Carnival that Rio is so famous for actually originated in Salvador and they still perform it annually in the lead-up to Lent. The city is picturesque and your tour this morning takes you to the 'Lower City' where life moves at a slower pace than the bustling 'Upper City'. Fishermen fish from canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide, schooners lie at anchor and all are protected by the famous Bonfim Church (closed on Mondays), one of the most important sites for pilgrimage in Brazil.
Later continue to the Monserrat District with its panoramic view of Salvador and then on to the Mercado Modelo, a thriving market for local goods and souvenirs where the Black African influence is particularly obvious. During the tour you will stop at a well-known food stand to taste one of the most famous Bahian street foods called Acaraje: deep fried rolls prepared with shrimp, black-eyed peas, red chilli pepper, onion and garlic. Delicious!
The rest of the day will be at leisure.
Day 8: Salvador Bahia
Enjoy a day at leisure soaking up the atmosphere of this wonderful city.
Day 9: Salvador Bahia > Belo Horizonte > Ouro Preto
Take an early private transfer from the hotel to the airport and fly to Belo Horizonte. On arrival you will be met by a driver who will take you on a scenic two hour journey through to the Baroque city of Ouro Preto which was founded in 1711 and soon became the centre of the gold, diamond and semi-precious stone trading in the colonial-era. The town has managed to preserve much of its wonderful 18th century architecture, which you will enjoy on your half day afternoon tour of the city which is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. The tour will include the lovely Sao Francisco de Assis Church, the very interesting Museum of the School of Mines, the Church of Our Lady of Pilar, the Oratory Museum and the lovely little Opera House, possibly the oldest working theatre in South America.
Spend the next two nights in Ouro Preto.
Day 10: Ouro Preto
Ouro Preto is a gem and we have allowed you the day at leisure to wander its streets and explore the glorious atmosphere of days gone by.
Day 11: Ouro Preto > Belo Horizonte > Manaus (The Amazon)
A relaxed breakfast and some time at leisure, then to the airport in Belo Horizonte for your flight to Manaus. On arrival late evening, transfer with your English speaking guide from the airport to your Amazonian lodge where you will spend the next 3 nights.
Days 12 & 13: The Amazon
The Amazon jungle is home to thousands of species of plants and animals waiting to be observed and discovered. You will undertake various activities over the next two days including jungle walks. A specialized guide will lead you on a trek pointing out and explaining the various species of flora and fauna that coexist within the rainforest.
Also visited is the Monkey's Jungle, a rehabilitation centre for primates brought here after being confiscated from poachers. At this location monkeys are initially kept in quarantine in order to be evaluated and treated by veterinarians then after a period they are reintroduced to the jungle. Your visit here will coincide with feeding time.
There is also a tour by motorized canoe to witness one of the Amazon's most fascinating natural wonders - the "meeting of the waters" where the Solimoes River and the Rio Negro converge to create the enormous Amazon River. The two rivers flow side by side for several kilometres and each maintains its own individual coloring before mixing. The crystal-clear blue waters of the Solimoes River contrasts with the muddy waters of the Rio Negro and create this unique natural spectacle.
Day 14: Depart Manaus
After breakfast transfer back to Manaus Airport from the lodge. Arrangements end at the airport after assistance with check in.
Prices are correct as at 10/05/2018, are subject to availability and are subject to change without notice. Valid until December 31, 2018. Above prices are based on a minimum of 2 people booked on the departure. If one person is travelling alone the cost may be higher. Airfare cost in the itinerary is subject to change. The tour starts in Rio de Janeiro and ends in Manaus, and you may extend the tour at either end. Churches in Ouro Preto and Salvador are closed on Mondays. The price may vary during Carnival, Easter, Christmas and when major international events or conferences are taking place in Brazil. This tour is also available on an independent basis - please contact for details. For full terms and conditions please contact a World Travellers consultant.